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Since 1982, Dave Baker has been a sports anchor, reporter and account executive at WKYT. Dave appears on air throughout WKYT’s line-up of news, sports and special events programming in addition to hosting a variety of University of Kentucky and SEC televised events including the television play by play for the UK/IMG telecasts of University of Kentucky basketball.
In addition to his work at WKYT, Dave has been involved with the broadcast of events for the Southeastern Conference for nearly two decades. He’s a part of the SEC’s basketball television package broadcasting men’s and women’s games for The SEC Network, ESPNU, CSS and Fox Sports Net. Dave began doing events for the league’s syndicated broadcast package (Jefferson-Pilot, Lincoln Financial and Raycom Sports) in 1993. His assignments included host of the "SEC Football Today" pre-game show. During the winter he was a play-by-play announcer on Raycom Sports broadcast of SEC Basketball and the sideline reporter for the SEC Tournament including the Friday night in March of 2008 when a tornado hit The Georgia Dome. While the tournament was in progress, Dave and other members of the broadcast team kept anxious viewers at home and those watching in The Georgia Dome informed and reassured during one of the most unusual sporting moments in SEC History.
For two seasons, he was the host of “SEC Tailgate” on the CBS College Sports Network. And during the summers Dave continues to be a contributor on Raycom’s Football Saturdays in the South program. In addition, he also broadcasts a number of other SEC events on television and the SEC Radio Network and he is a regular contributor at secsports.com.
Dave has a long history of community commitment and involvement. The Kentucky State House and Senate have honored Dave for his work with the Malt Beverage Education Corporation, a statewide organization that promotes the message to high school students about the dangers of underage drinking. Dave also served on Kentucky Lieutenant Governor’s Steve Pence’s task force that dealt with the issue of toughening laws and enforcement relating to sex offenders. The result of that work by the Kentucky Coalition Against Sexual Assaults resulted in the passage of Kentucky House Bill 3.
Dave is also a member of the board of directors for the Larry Gilbert Foundation First Tee of Lexington. Dave’s other civic “love” is the Children’s Charity Golf Classic. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2009, the Children’s Charity Classic raises money for 30 different children’s organizations in central Kentucky. In 2004, Dave was named recipient of the Jose Ferrer Award, the group’s highest honor and the 2005 event raised a record 1.1 million dollars.
“I’m blessed to be at a place where we’re not just “broadcasters” but we’re encouraged to be involved in our communities as well”, Baker said.
Dave is a 1978 graduate of Franklin High School in Franklin, Ohio and a 2005 inductee into the Franklin High School Hall of Fame. He’s a 1982 graduate of Georgetown (KY) College.